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Susan Carlson Named Reporter, Fill-In Anchor at WMAQ

susan carlsonAfter several months freelancing at NBC-owned WMAQ, Susan Carlson has been named a full time reporter and fill-in anchor at the Chicago station, Robert Feder reports.

“I’m extremely delighted that Susan will be joining us full-time,” WMAQ vice president of news Frank Whittaker told Feder. “She’s a born and bred Chicagoan who knows our city and suburbs well. Her years of local reporting will be a great addition to our staff.”

Carlson began appearing on WMAQ in July, two months after she was released from WBBM, the CBS-owned station in Chicago.

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Former WBBM Anchor Susan Carlson to Report For Rival WMAQ

Susan Carlson is joining WMAQ in Chicago as a freelance reporter, a spokesperson for the NBC owned station confirmed to TVSpy. Carlson is a former anchor at rival WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago.

According to Chicagoland Radio and Media, which first reported the news, Carlson will be a reporter for WMAQ’s newly-expanded weekend morning newscasts.

Carlson worked at WBBM for 10 years before she was released from her contract in March. She began her television career at Chicago CW affiliate WGN, where she was a traffic reporter, in 1995. She went on to work as a reporter at ABC O&O WLS before she joined WBBM, where she would work in a variety of roles before eventually taking over at the morning anchor desk.

Local Chicago Stations Cover Politics, Protests at NATO Summit

Chicago stations were in overdrive this weekend covering the ongoing NATO Summit, which continues today at McCormick Place.

WFLD‘s Bob Sirrot and Robin Robinson co-anchored an hour-long newscast at 5 p.m. Sunday on the Fox O&O. Political editor Mike Flannery‘s regular Sunday morning newscast was expanded to an hour this weekend.

On NBC O&O WMAQ, weekday anchors Stefan Holt and Daniella Guzman anchored a special 11 a.m. newscast on Sunday. WMAQ also expanded its 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, anchored by Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford, to an hour. Read more

Fox News’ Kris Gutierrez Joining WBBM in Chicago

Fox News correspondent Kris Gutierrez is joining WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago, as a morning anchor, the station announced today.

Gutierrez will co-anchor the 4:30-7 a.m. newscast alongside Susan Carlson beginning March 12.

“Kris has an incredible depth of news experience — on a local and national level — and I am thrilled to welcome him to our morning news team,” WBBM vice president and news director Jeff Kiernan said in a statement. “He will bring a new energy and fresh perspective to our early morning news show and I’m confident viewers will enjoy his broadcast style.” Read more

Anchor Steve Bartelstein Cut Loose at WBBM

Steve Bartelstein, a veteran anchor in major markets like New York and Chicago, has been suddenly released from his contract after 10 months at WBBM.

Bartelstein’s last day on the Chicago CBS O&O was Friday, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder. His bio was removed from the station’s website over the weekend after his final morning broadcast with co-anchor Susan Carlson on Friday.

Bartelstein’s departure from WBBM is the latest in a long string of dramatic exits from different stations. In 2007, he was fired from New York’s WABC after sleeping through a newscast he was slated to anchor.

Six months later, he landed at WCBS in New York. While at WCBS, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and continued as a weekend anchor throughout his treatment and recovery. He abruptly quit in 2009 after claiming that WCBS accidentally mailed his paycheck, which he needed to pay his medical expenses, to his home, instead of leaving it at the station for him to pick up as he normally did.

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Chicago’s WBBM Launches Contest to Find New Morning Traffic Reporter

Chicago’s WBBM has launched an “American Idol”-style contest to find its new morning traffic reporter. The CBS O&O is now accepting applications online at TrafficTryouts.com for a spot on the station’s morning newscast.

Applicants are asked to submit a 30-second YouTube video in which they state why they feel they are best suited for the position. WBBM is accepting applications through March 31st.

Station management will narrow the applicants down to a field of 75 that will be invited in for an on-camera audition. From there, the talent pool will be cut down to the top 10 contestants and WBBM will open up the contest to viewers’ votes online.

The winning contestant will get a chance to work alongside the station’s morning team of anchors Steve Bartelstein and Susan Carlson and meteorologist Megan Glaros. In addition to a spot on the early morning newscast, the winner will get a 3-month, $25,000 contract and the chance to eventually sign a 1-year, $100,000 deal.